Kenyan Sri Lankan anti-colonialists can agree on something — their disdain for the UN:
The power balance that existed in the United Nations Organization is no more with the collapse of Soviet Union. The UNO has become an instrument of colonialism. In addition to NGOs, Christian and Catholic churches and dispersed Tamils, the UN is also promoting colonialism.
Between the General Assembly and the Security Council, the UN can have a split personality at times — it has historically protected imperial interests and challenged them. But the evidence in this particular case is dubious. For instance, the West claims to want to promote freedom of speech, but:
The English speaking people in Sri Lanka think that there is freedom of speech in the USA. There is no freedom of speech. How many people in the US read newspapers?
I’m afraid that’s not the metric, even if you’re generous enough to include television news and online sources along with “newspapers”.
Tyler Cowen on How Revolutionary were the Bourgeois Revolutions?
Enthusiastically recommended, sort of, to some of you, maybe.
Well I’m sold.
Katidis, who had scored the go-ahead goal in AEK Athens 2-1 victory over Veria, said he did not know that throwing his arm forward in a raised position was a Nazi gesture.
I suppose ignorance is preferable in this case, but really, if we have to pick between Katidis knowing and not knowing I say it’s a lose-lose situation.
Slate has a fun article about Alfred C. Hobbs, an American lock-picker in Victorian England, but it tends towards hyperbole. Case in point:
What Hobbs had in mind was not the usual cajoling of a provincial bank into an upgrade, but exposing weaknesses in the British Empire itself by revealing the faults of one of Day and Newell’s competitors.
Really? That’s what he had in mind?
There are 27 million slaves worldwide, more than in 1860, when there were 25 million.
-“Global Slavery, by the numbers“
Early results from Kenya’s national elections show Uhuru Kenyatta taking the lead in the presidential poll.
Of course he’s winning. His name is “Freedom” — who wouldn’t vote for Freedom? Doesn’t hurt that he’s the son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president.
Also apparently doesn’t hurt that he’s been charged with crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court.
Would Mitt have won in 2012 if he’d changed his name to Freedom? Or Uhuru?
Brigadier-General Reginald E. H. Dyer testifying before the Hunter Commission about the Armistar massacre:
I think it quite possible that I could have dispersed the crowd without firing but they would have come back again and laughed, and I would have made, what I consider, a fool of myself.
But I imagine Fulford would suggest this was just an isolated incident?
(Via the latest episode of The Bugle.)